Mobile retailer to open afresh this weekend

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If you can’t get enough of Walla Walla’s mobile vendors you might consider motoring over to Kontos Cellars this weekend to see the newest. Or is it the oldest?

One of the original mobile retail vendors, Carovana, has been sold to new owner Amanda Ewoniuk and made over into “RE:Fresh.” She’ll have the grand opening from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Kontos tasting room at the winery incubators on Piper Avenue at the Walla Walla Regional Airport business park.

RE:Fresh promises a mix of old and new items, reflecting Ewoniuk’s love of vintage items from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

She said she’ll feature housewares, clothing, handbags, jewelry, home décor, scarves and gifts either from the vintage era or new with a vintage feel.

Ewoniuk previously owned a vacation rental management business in Walla Walla. She had been a stay-at-home mom contemplating getting into the mobile retail business when the opportunity arose to purchase Carovana from Kimberly Miner.

“I honestly didn’t put much thought into it because I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me, so I jumped right in and purchased it less than a week later,” she explained in an email.

Her inventory comes from her travels to Seattle and Portland or from companies that don’t already sell in the local market. She also picks up finds at estate sales. The name RE:Fresh comes from the concept of older items and trends becoming new again. Those who follow on Facebook can keep up at RE:Fresh.

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